12 Indiana Conservation Officers will complete a six-week Public Safety
Dive Rescue Specialist School this week.
The 12 new divers will become
members of a 48 officer team of certified Dive Rescue Specialists.
will be graduating along with 11 other men to become the first female member in
37 year history of the team.
Conservation officials say the students were trained to Dive Rescue International requirements and will
meet Department of Homeland Security standards such as, fully encapsulated
diving with full face mask, dry suits, redundant air supply, underwater hard
line communications, and under water metal detectors.
The students were drilled
on basic scuba skills, physical fitness, black-water diving, boat-based and
shore based search patterns, drowning victim/body recovery, evidence recovery,
light salvage operations, lift bag operations, vehicle recovery, deep diving,
and swift water diving.
Officials say the training took place in various Vigo County lakes,
quarries, and the Wabash River.
Indiana Conservation Officers respond to, and investigate, drowning incidents
and all other types of water related investigations, including evidence
recovery, vehicle recovery, swift-water rescues, and boat crashes.
New Indiana Conservation Officer Divers:
Andrew Harmon – Wells County
Joe Young – Henry County
Paul Crockett – Gibson County
Markie Hoskins – Johnson County
Ryan Vanderlugt – Huntington County
Nicholas Vandermolen – Kosciusko County
Shane Cooper – Knox County
Dustin Whitehead – Park County
Gram Selm – Franklin County
Joseph Tenbarge – Brown County
Nicholas Wilson – Marion County
Matthew Hicks – Switzerland County